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Project Bar-B-Q
A Conference Hosted by The Fat Man
Developed by Avallone Media Group

 

The Sixth Annual Interactive Music Conference
OFFICIAL REPORT
BBQ's 2001
ADVISORY BOARD

The BBQ Topic for 2001:
INFLUENCING MUSIC HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE
OVER THE NEXT 5 YEARS

This October 18-21st, 50 of the brightest minds in the computer industry once again traded the comforts and chaos of corporate America to converge on a secluded 360-acre ranch in Texas to discuss, argue, debate, brainstorm and possibly alter the course of history for music on computer over the next five years.

The Sixth Annual Texas Interactive Music Conference and BBQ is a unique and highly effective way to confront the toughest issues facing our industry today and influence their outcome. It is one of the most prestigious, influential and beneficial networking events of the year. This unusual conference gathers the movers and shakers of the audio industry together for a long weekend of concentrated, uninterrupted discussions, debates, and roundtables, as well as speaker sessions with industry leaders.

Unlike conventional meetings, BBQ shuns neckties, company logos and fluorescent lights as detrimental to group thinking processes. BBQ uses natural catalysts to deepen and broaden thought. Attendees do their work under wide Texas skies. The sleep in cabins named for philosophers, are fed gourmet food, and given lots of equipment for making music and adequate structure for brainstorming.

BBQ has given the competitive edge to its attendees, who have formed alliances and organizations that have been long-standing:

--On more than one occasion, what appeared at first to be rifts in the industry became alliances at BBQ. Where there were two competing standards forming, BBQ attendees were able to either make plans to merge the two standards or create agreeable ways for developers and end-users to not have to support both standards.

--Several industry working groups of significant impact have been formed at BBQ, including the IA-SIG's Platform Development working group, Audio Awareness working group, and Multiple Formats working group.

--For its influence, BBQ has received letters of thanks from Microsoft, AMD, and Intel who make use of the group's input to create their own powerful audio standards.

Project Bar-B-Q continued last year's topic but with deeper consideration of how we might positively affect how audio is produced, perceived and distributed. With the advantage of the same core of hardware, software, and content development people as last year, and the same great atmosphere of cooperation, we saw the group do the impossible yet again!

EXECUTIVE CHAIR:
George Sanger;

The Fat Man

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:
Teresa Avallone;
CEO
Avallone Media Group

 

TECHNICAL
ADVISORS

David Battino;
Editor
Electronic Musician's Desktop
Music Production Guide

Chris Grigg;
President
Control-G

Steve Horowitz;
Composer/Sound Designer
Nickelodeon Online
Chairman, IA-SIG

Linda Law;
Vice President
Fat Labs, Inc.

Dennis Staats;
Manager Tech. Marketing
Dolby Laboratories

Tom White; 
President
MIDI Manufacturer's Assoc.

Project Bar-B-Q

Phone: (512) 689-5486
Fax: (512) 454-8999
E-mail:

Web:
www.projectbarbq.com

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1. Introduction  2. Speakers  3. Executive Summary  
4. Networked Audio Devices Interoperability Standard
5. Towards Interactive XMF  
6. Improve PC Audio 
7. Game Audio Network Guild
8. A Compelling Music-Making System for the Living-Room Console
9. Schedule & Sponsors